There’s been a lot of hype this year about various lash-extension systems, especially of course the Too Faced Better than False Lashes. Having heard mixed reviews, I was reluctant to drop any serious change to try a set.
And the Forever21 version looked very similar to the Too Faced system, with a black mascara, and a second tube filled with false lash fibers. You put fuzzy hairs on your lashes and glue them down with mascara. It doesn’t seem like rocket science. Forever21 should be able to pull it off, right?
I think the biggest problem was the “lash extension primer with fibers.” I pulled out the wand, and not only did I not see any fibers–I didn’t even see any primer. The wand felt dry, and though the tube were empty. After multiple coats it barely looked as though anything had transferred to my lashes. There was just the slightest tinge of white there to allude to the product that might have been.
Maybe I got a bad tube–an old one that Forever21 left on their shelves to the point where it had dried out before it even opened. But this wasn’t the only problem.
The mascara itself, though it seemed the right consistency, just did very little for my lashes. It was a slightly wetter formula, which I had trouble building up on my lashes without sticking them together (even letting it dry several minutes between coats). I’m betting this was largely due to the brush, whose bristles are quite spaced out, so that they weren’t able to grab onto the lashes to coat them well, or to comb through and separate them.
I got a little bit of length, but my lashes stuck together, looked spidery, and wanted to poke out in all directions.
Granted, I paid less for the duo than I would a typical drugstore mascara, but considering that the primer seemed so pointless and the mascara so unflattering that I decided to chuck them after only a week of use, I’m not sure I got my money’s worth. From now on, I’ll head to Forever21 if I need a statement necklace or sweatshirt with a giant glittery kitten on the front, but I’ll get my makeup from those who know.